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At the SB20 AGM held this month, the sportsboat class made the decision to change its nomination process for the 2020 ISA All Ireland Sailing Championships.

The SB20 nomination for the 'champion of champions' event will now be based on Traveller Series rankings rather than the result of the class National Championships.

The aim is to encourage the 20-boat fleet to travel to regional events throughout the season.

As Afloat previously reported here, the 2020 All Irelands are scheduled to be held on October 3rd to 4th at Royal Cork YC.

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There's no surprise that the SB20 class is yet another class hoping to join the throng heading to Cork Harbour this summer for Royal Cork's Tricentenary celebrations.

With Southern and Western Championship venues still to be confirmed the Irish sportsboat class has released its 2020 fixtures calendar. (See below)

The season kicks off on May 16/17 with the Eastern Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club as part of the new Dun Laoghaire Cup for one designs to include the 1720s & J80s.

SB20 Ireland Calendar 2020

May 16/17 Easterns (Part of DL Cup, SB20, 1720, & J80) Dun Laoghaire (RIYC)
Jun 20/21 Northerns Strangford Lough (SLYC)
Jul 10/11 Southerns (Fri & Sat before Cork Week) *TBC Crosshaven, Cork (RCYC)
Aug 8/9 Westerns *TBC 
Sept 1-5 SB20 Worlds Cascais (Portugal/Lisbon CNC)
Sept 18/19/20 Nationals Athlone (LRYC)
Oct 17/18 Midlands Dromineer (LDYC)

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Day one of the SB20 World Championships opened with a grey day and raining in Hyeres, France, something the locals refuse to call normal at this time of the year.

Unfortunately, there are no Irish boats competing in the 65-boat world championship fleet this year.

The unstable wind added disappointment to the fleet when the Race Officer Natalie Peberel announced at skippers briefing the maximum of four races today.

When the fleet arrived at the starting line by 11:00 the 30 degrees shifts didn't allow to call racing and it took about 40 minutes for the RC to call Race 1. It has started at a slow pace with light wind of 5-6 knots from the South.

After a bit of waiting, the RC called Race 2, that started wit ha general recall. On the first upwind almost at the rounding of the first boats November flag was displayed, sending the boats back to the starting line. The wind has stopped completely, and after boats got back to the start the AP over H was displayed which meant the RC was still hoping for racing today.

Overall for the opening day the strong lead is from Russian and Australian teams, Portuguese boats Dom Pedro & Animal/SailCascais chose the left side and despite that Vasco Serpa managed to finish 15th.

The all-female Youth team from Australia - Essence of Athena had a good start and were within top 15 boats on the first rounding.

Overall in Top 10 we see a strong Russian and Australian domination with the only UK boat being Breaking Bod of Charles Whelan.

For the coming days, the fleet are expecting a storm coming with winds up to 40 knots on Wednesday, so Tuesday's racing is likely to be pushed earlier in the day to try and catch some racing in the morning.

Results here

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There was fun on and off the water for SB20s at the Freshwater Keelboat Regatta season finale in Lough Derg Yacht Club last weekend writes Class President John Malone.

Fabulous weather, great race management lead by Geoff O'Donoghue and legendary hospitality in the Whiskey Still and dinner in LDYC on sat night.

It was great to see six all new crews in the fleet racing at their 1st open event. Strictly Business (Eoin Leahy, Donie Herraghty & Emmet Ryan) was the top boat of the new crews managing to score a 3rd in the Penultimate on Sunday morning & 6th overall - a team to watch next season - Eoin was SB20 national champion in the classes debut season in Ireland, he has now switched from middle to the back of the boat. Donie is a previous SB20 owner with Martin McNamara who now has taken the reigns of Sharkbait with co-owner Jude Kilmartin.

SB20 Dorans1st Overall, Low Fly/3426 Paul Doran, Philip Doran, John Malone (SB20 President), Bella Morehead, Tadg Murphy (LDYC Commodore), Simon Doran

Lough Derg now has seven boats being sailed out of 3 sailing centres - Domineer, Mount Shannon & Garrykennedy, Sonic Boom/3309/Iniscealtra Sailing Club helmed by Andrew Decan & crewed by McElligott Brothers Brian and Conor finished in 8th Overall and were the Top ranking boat from Lough Derg. Scorpio Beg/3475 Sailed by Dominic O'Sullivan, B Bryce and D Coleman were leading this local battle overnight but were unfortunate to find rig damage on Sunday morning following a Rig Tangle with Strictly Business at Leeward Mark were 4 Boats rafted up at a leeward mark with less than enough room for all to round in comfort.

Silver prize SB20Silver Champion was the Ladies Team Lia, Joe Gilmartin (Vice Commodore LDYC), Flore Dion, Sarah Byrne (holding Cup), Elaine Malcolm, Tadg Murphy (LDYC Commodore)

The Winter Series in Lough Ree Yacht Club will commence in November, with eight boats expected to be based there in 2020

Overall results attached below

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Royal St. George Yacht Club's Michael O'Connor sailing with Davy Taylor of the SB20 class has won the All-Ireland Sailing Championship 2019. 

As north-west winds blew to over 20-knots the championship was decided over short sharp races inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour this afternoon under Race Officer Jack Roy, the Irish Sailing President. 

The championships were raced in the Flying Fifteen keelboat and drew a fleet of 16 invited champion sailors from across the Irish yacht racing scene as Afloat reported here.

It is the second year in a row that the All Ireland Sailing title has been won by the SB20 nominee. 

Second overall was Northern Ireland RS400 ace Robert Espey. Third was Greystones Sailing Club's Shane MacCarthy representing the GP14 class. Full results below.

After a qualification round on Saturday, the final day’s racing was moved from Dublin Bay to the more sheltered Dun Laoghaire Harbour due to strong and gusting winds.

The four-race final round was a close-fought affair over two hours which eventually saw O’Connor pitted against Robert Espey, the RS400 class nominee from Ballyholme. However, the Dun Laoghaire sailor received a jury penalty turn and finished sixth while the Bangor helm had gear damage and was awarded average points for that race depending on the rest of the series.

Michael OConnor TaylorMichael O'Connor (right) of the Royal St. George Yacht Club emerged as overall winner of the coveted 'champion of champion' titles for 2019 with crew Davy Taylor Photo: Irish Sailing/David Branigan

The whole championship hinged on the final race with just under three points separating first and second places. O’Connor had recovered form after the opening final round race to deliver two race wins with Espey close behind.

Just under three points separated the pair going into the final race. O’Connor started poorly while Espey was heading for a second place; the standings looked set to be up-ended. But O’Connor fought his way back up the fleet in the 20-minute race and took third place and the overall title with one point to spare.

While Espey and his Olympic veteran crew Stephen Milne were first runner-up, Shane McCarthy with Stephen Boyle of the GP14 class were in close contention in third place.

The Flying 15 class hosted the event with boats loaned by their owners and the class national champion David Gorman with Chris Doorly featured in the final series to place seventh overall.

All Ireland sailing 0192Racing was held in the confines of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Afloat

Final All Ireland Results 2019

Sail No. Helm Bib Class R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Dis Total   Place
3920 Michael O'Connor K SB20 1 2 1 6 1 1 3 6 9   1
3995 Robert Espey B RS400 1 2 1 3 RDG 2 2 2 3 10   2
3688 Shane MacCarthy N GP14 2 1 4 2 5 3 1 5 13   3
3837 John Sheehy I Team Racing 3 5 2 1 3 4 RDG 2 5 15   4
3913 Sean Craig D Laser Radial 3 3 3 5 2 5 RDG 4  5 20   5
3938 David Gorman C Flying Fifteen 4 4 2 7 4 8 5 8 26   7
3774 Colm O'Flaherty O J24 5 1 5 4 6 6 SCP 9 9 27   6
3845 Ronan Wallace J Laser Standard 2 3 4 8 7 7 4 8 27   8
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Lough Derg Yacht Club is hosting its annual keelboat regatta on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of October. The event will be a wrap up to the season for many of the competitors and over 50 entries are expected from three classes - making it one of the biggest sailing events of the year on the Shannon.

The big attraction for many sailors is the beautiful autumnal setting of Lough Derg but also the opportunity to thoroughly wash the boat out in freshwater at the end of the season. 

The Squibs will be welcoming visitors from the UK as well as Belfast, Strangford Lough, Howth, Kinsale and Dun Laoghaire. As Afloat reported earlier, Kinsale Yacht Club will be promoting their UK and Irish Nationals which are being held in June 2020.

Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and his daughter Jill have indicated they will compete as will UK champion Dick Batt. Squib stalwart Vincent Delany, second in the recent Irish Nationals, is also sailing as is Irish Champions Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan from Royal North. 

The SB20s have just announced that the Irish Nationals will be hosted in Lough Ree in Sept 2020 and a good fleet is expected - including Lough Derg and Lough Ree entries.

The Flying Fifteen fleet, who have just completed a World Championship in Dun Laoghaire are also reported to be travelling to Dromineer in numbers, just a week after the class hosts the All Ireland Sailing Championships at the National Yacht Club. It may be the only winter sailing for the FF's at Dun Laoghaire Harbour given the current winter hard standing woes currently in place.

Unfortunately, the Dragons this year are not competing due to 90th birthday celebrations in Italy where nine Irish boats are competing.

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Irish SB20 Champion Jerry Dowling will travel to the class World Championships in Hyeres next month to be appointed SB20 World Council Chairman. 

The international honour for the Irish one-design sailor comes with the unanimous support of the World Council and the stepping down of past chair Ed Russo.

Dowling is well known in the class as a former Irish Class President and a multiple holder of the National Championships title and Rear Commodore Sailing of the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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The Iniscealtra Sailing Club annual Gortmore Bell race took place on Lough Derg on Saturday 7th September. With very light wind forecast for the day, the usual 30-mile race was shortened to 20 miles, so the race turned at the Coose Bay mark rather than the usual Gortmore.

The class 2 boats started 30 mins earlier than class 1 with ‘Whisper’, a comfort 30, taking the early lead on the water. In class 1, it was ‘Sonic Boom’, an SB20, that led the fleet out. It was these two boats that ended up fighting for the overall win.

‘Sonic Boom’ caught up the 30-minute deficit just before the last turning mark. The northerly wind died out momentarily and was replaced with a Westerly enabling the two class leaders to reach the new breeze first and they stretched out on the rest of the fleet to take first in each class with ‘Sonic boom’, sailed by Andrew Deakin, Brian McElligott and Colm McElligott taking the overall win having gained a further 23 minutes on the shifting upwind leg to the finish.

The wind speed dropped again after the leaders finished, making it a long last leg for the remaining fleet. Second in Class 1 went to ‘Silk’, a First Class 10, with third going to ‘Zombie’, a Platu 25. In Class 2, second place went to ‘Celtic Charisma’, a Kelt 29 and third place went to ‘Serendipity’ a westerly Longbow.

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The Stefan Hyde steered Bád Kilcullen with crew Jimmy Dowling and Kieran Dorgan of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has won the SB20 National Championships on home waters after leading for the entirety of the eight-race series.

From an entry of 20 boats, 15 contested the Dubarry-sponsored sportsboat national title on Dublin Bay.

The host club trio lead Royal St. George's Ted skippered by Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook.

Third was Venuesworld skippered by Ger Dempsey, Chris Nolan, Tim Norwood and Damian Dion.

Overall results are below. 

Bad Kilcullen3rd - venuesworld.com Ger Dempsey, Chris Nolan, Tim Norwood and Damian Dion of the RIYC

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Dwyer sb20Sarah Byrne, Flore Dion, Hillary Mirray and Hazel Rae of the RStGYC

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Bád Kilcullen Stefan Hyde Jimmy Dowling Kieran Dorgan   RIYC 10 1 1 1 21 3 1 2 1
2 3544 Ted Michael O'Connor Davy Taylor Edward Cook   RSGYC 13 2 2 2 2 1 2 5 2
3 3739 venuesworld.com Ger Dempsey Chris Nolan Tim Norwood Damian Dion RIYC 27 4 5 3 6 5 9 1 3
4 3040 Provident CRM Graeme Grant John Malone Emmet Sheridan   LRYC 29 5 7 5 3 2 4 4 6
5 3426 LoFly Philip Doran Simon Doran Bella Morehead Niamh Doran NYC 37 6 4 21 4 6 3 10 4
6 3761 Carpe Diem Colin Galavan Kevin O'Rourke Aaron Jones   RIYC/RSGYC 40 3 8 8 9 4 10 3 5
7 3500 Team Ridgeway Andrew Baker Stephen Kane Emmet Ryan   SLYC/RNIYC 54 7 6 9 5 10 5 12 21
8 3737 Black James Gorman Séamus O’Donnell Sheena Bowers Robbie Bowers NYC 58 12 10 10 10 7 7 7 7
9 3449 Lia Sarah Byrne Flore Dion Hillary Mirray Hazel Rae RSGYC 64 10 9 11 8 9 12 8 9
10 3297 Sunday Brunch Dave Dwyer Chris Arrowsmith Conor Cleary   RSGYC 65 9 11 7 7 11 11 9 12
11 3343 Rubadubdub Nick Doherty Conor O'Regan Gareth Nolan   NYC 69 11 12 6 11 12 8 11 10
12 3323 Sea Biscuit Marty Cuppage Barry Glavin Niall O'Riordan   RSGYC 74 8 3 4 21 21 21 6 11
13 3717 So Blue Justin Burke Sean Cleary Analise Nixon   NYC/RSGYC 86 21 21 21 1 8 6 21 8
14 3475 Sneaky B Charlotte O'Kelly Alison Piggot Cecile Van Steenberg Derval Turbidy NYC 91 14 14 13 12 13 13 13 13
15 3320 Smoke on the Water Bob Hobby Paddy McGrath Owen Sinnott   RSGYC 122 13 13 12 21 21 21 21 21
16 3279 Monkey Keith Cassidy       HYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3314 Probably Ian Simington       RSGYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3322 Sbodikins Cian Cahill       RSGYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3433 Animal Origami Chris Chapman Richard Franke Fiannan Alt   RSGYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3490 Knowhowdo Shane Murphy       HYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
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The unbroken run of championship wins continues for  Bád Kilcullen (Stefan Hyde, Jimmy Dowling and Kieran Dorgan) who lead the SB20 National Championships on Dublin Bay.

After six races sailed, the Royal St. George Yacht Club trio of Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook stay second with Lough Ree entry Grant, John Malone and Emmet Sheridan in third. 

Two more races at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event are scheduled for Sunday.

Results below

 

Series Place

Sail No Boat Helm Crew 1 Crew Misc 3 Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
1 3741 Bád Kilcullen Stefan Hyde Jimmy Dowling Kieran Dorgan   RIYC 7 1 1 1 21 3 1
2 3544 Ted Michael O'Connor Davy Taylor Edward Cook   RSGYC 9 2 2 2 2 1 2
3 3040 Provident CRM Graeme Grant John Malone Emmet Sheridan   LRYC 19 5 7 5 3 2 4
4 3426 LoFly Philip Doran Simon Doran Bella Morehead Niamh Doran NYC 23 6 4 21 4 6 3
5 3739 venuesworld.com Ger Dempsey Chris Nolan Tim Norwood Damian Dion RIYC 23 4 5 3 6 5 9
6 3761 Carpe Diem Colin Galavan Kevin O'Rourke Aaron Jones   RIYC/RSGYC 32 3 8 8 9 4 10
7 3500 Team Ridgeway Andrew Baker Stephen Kane Emmet Ryan   SLYC/RNIYC 32 7 6 9 5 10 5
8 3737 Black James Gorman Séamus O’Donnell Sheena Bowers Robbie Bowers NYC 44 12 10 10 10 7 7
9 3297 Sunday Brunch Dave Dwyer Chris Arrowsmith Conor Cleary   RSGYC 45 9 11 7 7 11 11
10 3449 Lia Sarah Byrne Flore Dion Hillary Mirray Hazel Rae RSGYC 47 10 9 11 8 9 12
11 3343 Rubadubdub Nick Doherty Conor O'Regan Gareth Nolan   NYC 48 11 12 6 11 12 8
12 3717 So Blue Justin Burke       NYC/RSGYC 57 21 21 21 1 8 6
13 3323 Sea Biscuit Marty Cuppage Barry Glavin Niall O'Riordan   RSGYC 57 8 3 4 21 21 21
14 3475 Sneaky B Charlotte O'Kelly Alison Piggot Cecile Van Steenberg Derval Turbidy NYC 73 14 21 13 12 21 13
15 3320 Smoke on the Water Bob Hobby Paddy McGrath Owen Sinnott   RSGYC 80 13 13 12 21 21 21
16 3279 Monkey Keith Cassidy       HYC 105 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3314 Probably Ian Simington       RSGYC 105 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3322 Sbodikins Cian Cahill       RSGYC 105 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3433 Animal Origami Chris Chapman Richard Franke Fiannan Alt   RSGYC 105 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3490 Knowhowdo Shane Murphy       HYC 105 21 21 21 21 21

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